Meet the artist


Zach Barnard is a Virginia born, Chicago Based artist. His love of painting started at an early age. Growing up as an only child, Zach found himself constantly searching for ways to keep his spastic mind preoccupied. He discovered a beautiful refuge in painting. Zach is a colorist who encompasses swift gesture and broad brushstroke; a nature similar to that of the Post-Impressionists and of the Fauves or (Wild Beasts). Zach is currently selling through The Leigh Gallery located in the Lakeview Chicago area and is exploring new genres of immersive installation work titled Hidden Moments around the city. Fueled by a true passion for painting, he wants to expand his professional horizon to the best of his ability in achieving a creative career. In his work, he focuses on subject matter that most people tend to over-look. Moments that are hidden from us everyday- like making a chair laugh or giving a door the permission to cry.



Having a love of architecture and travel, my work mainly portrays places that I have experienced; be it in the U.S., overseas or dreams found within my own imagination. My paintings are my escape to wherever I want to go within the crevices of my own subconscious. Pulling from elements of the past, I capture hints of the 19th century European aesthetic and colonial south where I’m from. Henri Matisse and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner are among the few masters I admire. Elements such as cobblestones, street lamps and askew, wrought iron fences are just a few of the suspects that reside within my work. Flirting with that of the kitsch and cliché, I embrace the challenge of bringing these romantic moments from a time-gone-by, to the present in a contemporary atmospheric twist.  I love to capture moments that are usually present in the night and tend to hide from us in the light of day. Glowing street lamps and moonlit hallways; these elusive areas hold a romantic mystery about them. I don't necessarily paint what I see in front of me, but the shy things; barely peeking around the corner.

Currently Showing:

-The Leigh Gallery Chicago IL, 2017


Albert P. Weisman Award, 2018

- Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival, 2018

RAW Artists, Chicago, 2018

Voyage Chicago, 2018

- The Visualist, 2018

Voyage Chicago, 2017

-Windy City Times. 2017

-Jet Fuel Review, 2016

-Cross Roads Magazine, 2012

Group Show:

- Conception: Global Art Awareness, Dovetail Brewery, 2018

- RAW Artists Chicago, The Metro, Chicago, IL, 2018

- Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival, Maple Park, IL, 2018

- Olin Studio, 1957 w 23rd St, The Escape Realm, Chicago IL, 2018

- Columbia College Chicago, Arts Open Studio , Chicago IL, 2018

- Columbia College Chicago, Open Studio Exhibition, Chicago IL, 2017

- Joy District, Federal Savings Bank Promotion, Chicago IL, 2017

- Logan Square Tattoo,The Portrait Show, Chicago IL, 2017

- Logan Square Tattoo, F%#king Ridiculous, Chicago IL, 2016

- Music Garage, ElkWalking EP Release Show, Chicago IL, 2016

-Diversity Thrift Art Show, Richmond, VA, 2015


Solo Show:

- Orland Park Public Library, Chicago, IL, 2018: NOW

-Cafespresso Coffee Shop, Richmond,VA, 2012


- Albert P. Weisman Award, 2018


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